Ever wonder how others in your organization see you? There’s an interesting way you can find out—without even asking them! It’s called the Hogan Personality Inventory, and it’s part of a series of assessments that I like to use in my coaching practice to give executives vital insight into themselves.
Like most such assessment devices, taking the Hogan Personality Inventory involves answering a series of questions. What’s unique about this test, though, is that its results are based on empirical data that says “people who answer this way are seen in this way by the people who work with them.” This test looks at who you are and how you present yourself on a day-to-day basis. It provides insight into your reputation and strengths.
What are your qualities that will help you succeed?
The Hogan Personality Inventory looks at how you are when you’re at your best. The scores it provides for you on a long list of character traits (referred to as “descriptors”) can be quite enlightening, and can help you create a list of areas that you want to address.
Some of the most important things that the Hogan Personality Inventory assesses are:
- Ambition – The degree to which you are competitive and energetic.
- Sociability – How comfortable you are in social situations; how much you enjoy interactions with others.
- Interpersonal sensitivity – The degree to which you’re seen as being thoughtful and socially sensitive.
- Prudence – Whether or not you’re seen as being dependable and conscientious in your work and interactions.
- Inquisitive – If others see you as being bright and creative, the type of person that always asks questions and is curious about others.
- Learning approach – If you’re the type of person who seems to enjoy academic activities and learning just for the sheer joy of learning.
All of these descriptors are related to adjustment, meaning the degree to which you appear confident and stable under pressure. An important thing to keep in mind, though, is that none of these things are inherently “good” or “bad.” In fact, the same traits that can help you succeed can also derail you when you’re under stress. Low scores indicate areas in which you may be weak. Scores that are much higher than 50% represent areas you want to keep an eye on because you might be too strong. Scores that are right around the 50% point represent areas where you are “just right.”
The Hogan Personality Inventory looks at your bright side. In the next article in this three-part series I’ll introduce an assessment that delves into your dark side. Stay tuned!